: having a brain of a specified kind
used in combination

Examples of brained in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is beauty in the idea that beaked whales are out there, truly wild, a corrective to our inflated sense that everything revolves around our own big-brained, thick-skulled species. J. B. MacKinnon, The Atlantic, 30 Mar. 2021 Growing competition from other auto makers, Mr. Musk’s split-brained focus on Twitter Inc., and waning Chinese demand have shaken confidence. Eric Wallerstein, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2023 There is another, again poignant, possible explanation for the disappearance of the big-brained people. Richard Granger, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2022 Many animals are known to engage in play—usually large-brained mammals (like humans) and birds. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2022 But the biggest problem is with the media’s goldfish-brained approach to these kinds of news stories. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2022 But Trevor Fristoe, who grew up in Alaska, knew that small-brained birds could also thrive in such environments. Geoffrey Giller, Discover Magazine, 11 Aug. 2020 Such is the consequence of an ever-growing quantum of competitors attempting to play the game that Hallmark and Lifetime perfected with their own ridiculous, smooth-brained holiday cinema. Carrie Wittmer, Vulture, 25 Dec. 2022 In either case, that would be fairly sophisticated behavior for such small-brained hominins. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 6 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brained was in the 15th century

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“Brained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brained. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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